Our Board of Governors

The local dedicated members of the Human Rights Campaign's Board of Governors manage the organization's local outreach. They help to build HRC's membership and maintain relationships with Greater Cincinnati. Each member of the HRC Board of Governors is responsible for coordinating fundraising and volunteer activity in Greater Cincinnati. Members also serve as liaisons between Greater Cincinnati and HRC's staff and boards.

Currently, there is a maximum of eight Governors assigned to Greater Cincinnati by the National HRC Headquarters. (in alphabetical order by last name)
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Federal Club Members

Andrew Bare

Andrew Bare πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ, Workplace & Volunteer Liaison

Andrew has been a volunteer with HRC since 2014 and joined the Greater Cincinnati Steering Committee in 2018. He previously served as the Volunteer Engagement Co-Chair and helped lead the implementation of our volunteer management platform, Community Hub, and has also served as the BOG Liaison for the PACE committee. He brings unique elements of diversity to the organization through his advocacy for LGBTQ+ people in recovery. He is a strategic thinker who thrives in developing a clear action plan to challenge the status quo and drive change in organizations.

Rick Chizmadia

Richard Chizmadia πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ, Dinner Liaison

Rick has been a volunteer with the HRC for over 30 years. He began is HRC work in Detroit where he served on the dinner committee for 16 years, represented Michigan as a Board of Governor for 5 years, and served in the capacity of Dinner, Steering committee, and Fed Club co-chair during his tenure there. Rick moved to Cincinnati in 2010 and immediately joined the dinner committee and joined the steering committee in 2014 where he served as Federal Club Co-Chair, Federal Club Council Co-chair, and was 2-time Dinner co-chair.

Troy Henson

Troy HensonπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ, Marketing & DEI Liaison

Troy joined the Steering Committee in 2016 where he would serve as the Digital Marketing, Fed Club, and Steering Committee Chairs. In the past, he has served five years on the Cincinnati Gay & Lesbian Community Center Board. Troy is a partner in Equality Academy, an LBGTQ training organization that offers diversity training to businesses. Troy has learned how valuable HRC is in the current political climate and is highly motivated to help change hearts and minds.

Elizabeth Kennedy

Elizabeth Kennedy πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ, Federal Club Liaison

Elizabeth has been involved with Greater Cincinnati HRC since 2015. By serving as Membership Outreach chair for over 3 years, Volunteer Engagement liaison, and Fed Club liaison, Elizabeth has turned her advocacy into her occupation. She is excited to create and lead positive change with the hopes of building a more inclusive, progressive, and understanding community. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling with her husband.

Chase Rickey

Chase Rickey πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ, Federal Club Liaison

Chase’s first introduction to HRC was at a Greater Cincinnati HRC Dinner. The night was so moving that he was inclined to join the Federal Club. As his involvement with Federal Club grew and he met more and more members, Chase saw an opportunity to utilize some of his personal and professional connections throughout the local LGBTQ community to help grow the Federal Club membership. Chase became one of the Federal Club co-chairs and enjoyed working to grow the local membership. Chase eventually became a major donor and has been a Federal Club Council member for the last several years.

Jordan Young

Jordan Young, Membership & DEI Liaison

Jordan has been volunteering with HRC since September of 2017. During that time he has served as Membership Outreach Co-Chair, the 2018 & 2019 Gala Co-Chair, and DEI liaison. Currently, he is in his 1st year as a member of the HRC’s National Board of Governors. When Jordan is not volunteering, he is passionate about music, the arts, and various local organizations that help enrich the lives of the LGBTQIA+ community.